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debut album by the godfathers of Canadian prog rock
on 16 March 2007
The sole album to feature original drummer John Rutsey ( who went on to be a body builder ) This debut album was originally released on the bands own Moon Records label ( orginal copies of which are now no doubt very collectable ) before being reisued by Mercury.
Of all their early albums this is the most Led Zepplin like. Check out Finding my Way for a example. It features little of the lyrical depth they would go on to explore with later albums with the arrival of Neil Peart. Many of the words were composed whilst the album was being recorded due to John Rutsey apparently not willing to use his own at the last minute saying he had destroyed them.
The album was recorded remarkably quickly ( just a few days ) and at night, due to the studio being much cheaper at that time of day. The speed of recording is thought to be because many of the songs being in the bands live set so they were very familiar with the material. However, inital recording did not go well and subsequent long term producer Terry Brown was brought in to fix / remaster recordings resulting in what we here today.
Several key tracks would go on to be staples of the bands live set for years to come. In the Mood, Working Man, What your doing, Finding my way.
Rutsey remaind with Rush for inital dates to promote the album before leaving to be replaced by Neil Peart who has remaind with the band ever since.